Difficulty: 1 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.
Fitness: A A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.
2,000 to 3,000m
This course is designed to navigate your way towards safe and successful climbing practices for the high and glaciated mountains of New Zealand.
We focus on the development of your skills at a pace that suits you and along the way you will consolidate those skills by climbing peaks. You don’t need to have climbed before - all you need is the desire to learn new skills in a truly spectacular environment!
Your personable and highly motivated guides are very keen to see you progress and will introduce appropriate techniques towards your development while you are actually climbing mountains!
If you want to learn what alpine mountaineering is about whilst you learn the skills that will keep you safe and give your mountaineering career a solid foundation, then the MIC is ideal for you.
As an IFMGA Guide since 1991, AC CEO, Guy Cotter recognises the need for people to learn about ‘climbing’, and not just being taught the technical skills in isolation. This is not an easy task and achieving it requires experienced and highly skilled guides with good instructional skills.
"I chose Adventure Consultants because it is a respected and well-established company that offers a wide array of climbing experiences based on skill level and personal initiative."
"Our guide was excellent. His attention to safety while maintaining a fun learning environment was greatly appreciated." Zoye Geekie (Canada)
Insights to the world of ski mountaineering from professional freeride skier Lorraine Huber on the Adventure Consultants Alpine Expedition Course.
THE SNOWS OF AORAKI
Dan Slater of Climb Magazine (UK) published a wonderful insight into climbing New Zealand's highest mountain, with Adventure Consultant's guide Andy Cole.
MY OWN PRIVATE GLACIER
Jonathan Moody recently joined us for our Alpine Expedition Course. His blog about the trip features in Outer Edge magazine.
MINING LIFE AND LIVING - FROZEN PLAYGROUND
Christie Prior shares her experience on an AC Mountaineering Instruction Course last summer.